• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Current Conditions

 
The eruption of Kīlauea volcano continues at two locations. In the park, the vent within Halema'uma'u Crater is easily viewed from the overlook at the Jaggar Museum. The second location is the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent located 10 miles (16km) east of the summit, on the remote east rift zone of Kīlauea. This area is not accessible to the public. There is no lava flowing into or towards the ocean.
 
Halema‘uma‘u lights the morning sky

Halema‘uma‘u Lights the Morning Sky - Photo taken from the overlook by the Volcano House on January 30, 2014 @ 6:25 a.m. - Click for full size image

NPS Photo

Fumes and glow from the lava lake within the vent at the summit of Kīlauea may be seen from the Jaggar Museum overlook and other vantage points along Crater Rim Drive.

During the day a robust plume of volcanic gas is a constant and dramatic reminder of the molten rock churning in a lava lake within the crater. After sunset, Halema'uma'u continues to thrill visitors and park staff with a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and plume (weather permitting).

Park rangers are on duty at the Jaggar Museum to assist the many visitors drawn to the site which has been erupting within the crater since March 2008.

Halemaʻumaʻu web cam (opens in new window).

 

HOT LINES for Eruption Information

The June 27th lava flows from Pu'u 'Ō'ō are outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's eastern boundary. The flows are inaccessible by foot or by car and the area is closed to the public.

Resources for more information about the lava flows:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
by phone at: (808) 967-8862
by web at: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

County of Hawai'i Civil Defense
by phone at: (808) 935-0031 (7:45 am - 4:30 pm)
by web at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/

 

April 1, 2015 - 7:58 AM HST

Activity Summary: Three areas of breakouts in the upslope portion of the June 27th flow field in Kīlauea's East Rift Zone continue to be active, all are within 6 km (4 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Kīlauea continues to host a lava lake at its summit.

June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcams showed overnight that three areas of breakouts continued to be active in the upslope portion of the June 27th flow field located to the northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō: the northern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō (Feb. 21 breakout), an area near Puʻu Kahauale'a extending northward (Mar. 9 breakout), and an area 5-6 km (3-4 mi) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Satellite imagery acquired on Mar. 30 shows that the breakouts in the two lower areas continue to be active;Puʻu ʻŌʻō was not visible.

 


 
March 24, 2015 - lava flow map

March 24, 2015 - Lava Flow Map

Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This map shows the changes to Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the flow on March 17 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of March 24 is shown in red. Small changes west of Puʻu Kahaualeʻa are not shown, as that part of the flow field was hidden by Puʻu ʻŌʻō's gas plume at the time of mapping.

Full resolution map (opens in new window)

 
Satellite Image of Area Around Flow Front

March 10, 2015 - Satellite Image of Area Around Flow Front

Courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This large-scale map uses a satellite image acquired in March 2014 (provided by Digital Globe) as a base to show the area around the front of Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow. The area of the flow on February 27 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of March 10 is shown in red.

Full resolution image (opens in new window)

The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM;for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth's surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths.

 
March 10, 2015 - small scale lava flow map

March 10, 2015 - Small Scale Lava Flow Map

Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow in relation to lower Puna. The area of the flow on February 27 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of March 10 is shown in red.

Full resolution map (opens in new window)

 

The lava lakes in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and Halemaʻumaʻu crater, as well as other views may be viewed on webcameras made available by the scientists at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Daily updates by staff that monitor Hawaiʻi's volcanoes provide visitors with the most recent observations on volcanic conditions.

 
Halema`uma`u vent - June 2, 2011 - web cam view

Webcam view of the lava lake within the summit vent in Halemaʻumaʻu on June  2, 2011.

USGS Webcamera

Links to More Information:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Scientist's Daily Updates
Webcams
Air Quality Monitors
Earthquakes - Hawaiʻi
Earthquakes - Worldwide
Multimedia/Photos/Videos

 

If you are interested in more information about the Kīlauea east rift zone, we invite you to watch the video cast of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Mike Poland from our After Dark in the Park presentation on August 23, 2011. Mike discusses the volcanic history of the area. It's one hour in length and can be viewed here

 
Pu`u `O`o view from Pu`u Huluhulu before the collapse
Scott Rowland of The University of Hawaiʻi captured this shot of Puʻu ʻŌʻō from the Puʻu Huluhulu lookout the evening before Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapsed and the west flank eruption began on August 3rd 2011.
 


 

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